CK 29 - LILY

Captain Jonathan Cranfield's fishing smack Lily at Rowhedge regatta c.1905

NATIONAL ARCHIVES, KEW – CREW LISTS; BT99/1370

Port of Colchester

LILY of Colchester. 1.1.82 – 30.6.82

Fishing Number; 29CK. Registered Tonnage; 15

Managing Owner & Master; J. Cranfield of Rowhedge. No Certificate

“Fishing off the Coast of Essex. Laid up at Rowhedge since April 1st 1882”

All – Born Essex. No Royal Naval Volunteer’s Certificate. Same Ship - Continued

Jonathan Cranfield born 1851. Master. Remaining

John Moulton Jun. born 1853. AB. Discharged 1.4.82 at Rowhedge

Thomas Jay born 1848. AB. Discharged 1.4.82 at Rowhedge

Received at Colchester 20 July 1882. Signed Jonathan Cranfield, Master & Owner.

 

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES, KEW – CREW LISTS; BT99/1370

Port of Colchester

LILY of Colchester. 1.7.82 – 31.12.82

Fishing Number; 29CK. Registered Tonnage; 15

Managing Owner & Master; Jonathan Cranfield of Rowhedge. No Certificate

“Fishing off the Coast of Essex”

All – Born Essex. No Royal Naval Volunteer’s Certificate.

Jonathan Cranfield born 1851. Same Ship – Continued. Master. Remaining

Richard Cranfield born 1860. Last served on SATANELLA – Cowes. Year of Service in last Ship; 1882. Joined present Ship; 5.10.82 at Rowhedge. AB. Remaining

John Moulton born 1852. Last served on SPINDRIFT – Ipswich. Dates same as Richard. Remaining

Received at Colchester 20 January 1883. Signed Jonathan Cranfield, Master & Owner.

 

THE ESSEX STANDARD – Saturday 23 September 1882 - “ANNUAL REGATTA AND WATER SPORTS AT BRIGHTLINGSEA – This popular aquatic event came off on Tuesday last...Unfortunately, however, the weather proved most unpropitious, raining the greater part of the day, and although the programme was carried out, and there was some good racing, the attendance was comparatively small....the day was a dull, gloomy, uncomfortable one. The sailing matches were started by a portion of the Committee stationed on the Guard Boat off Mersea Stone Point, in the vicinity of which an accident occurred during the morning, which very nearly proved fatal to Mr. Lemon Cranfield, of Brightlingsea (sic), the Captain of the yacht Miranda. It appears that Mr. Cranfield, who had been sailing the smack Neva, got into a small canvas boat, with the intention of boarding the Guard vessel. He had hardly seated himself when his frail craft capsized, and he was precipitated into the water. Mr. Cranfield managed to catch hold of the side of the over-turned boat, and the smack Lively, passing directly afterwards, with much difficulty rescued him from his perilous situation in an almost insensible condition.... Race for Smacks under 20 tons fishery register. First prize, £6; second, £3; third, £1. 10s. Course from guard vessel out to the bar buoy, up the Blackwater to a mark off Bradwell, then round Bracelet Spit and back to starting point. The smacks that started were; Neva, 9 tons, Cranfield; Lily, 11 tons, Cranfield; Eudora, 11 tons, James Mason. A good start was made at 11.20, and after a capital race the boats came in in the following order:- Neva, Lily, Eudora. No times were taken. The Lily entered a protest against the Neva for going the wrong side of Bench Head Buoy, and the Neva entered a protest against the Lily for not carrying a small boat.”

 

 

ESSEX RECORD OFFICE – CREW LISTS; A4743 Box 105

Port of Colchester

LILY of Colchester. 1.7.83 – 31.12.83

Fishing Number; 29CK. Registered Tonnage; 15

Managing Owner & Master; J. Cranfield of Rowhedge. No Certificate

“Laid up from April to Oct. 1883. Fishing off the Coast of Essex”

All – Born Essex. No Royal Naval Volunteer’s Certificate

Jonathan Cranfield born 1851. Same Ship – Continued. Master. Remaining

Richard Cranfield born 1860. Last served on AMETHEA of London 1883. Joined present Ship; 1.10.83 at Rowhedge. AB. Remaining

William Clarke born 1847. Last served on GERTRUDE. AB. Joined; same as Richard. Remaining

Received at Colchester 21 January 1884. Signed Jonathan Cranfield, Master & Owner.

 

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES, KEW – CREW LISTS; BT99/1442

Port of Colchester

LILY of Colchester. 1.1.84 – 30.6.84

Fishing Number; 29CK. Registered Tonnage; 15

Managing Owner & Master; J. Cranfield of Rowhedge. No Certificate

“Fishing off the Coast of Essex”

All – Born Essex. No Royal Naval Volunteer’s Certificate

Jonathan Cranfield born 1851. Same Ship – Continued. Master. Remaining

William Clarke born 1847. Same Ship – Continued. AB. Discharged 4.84 at Rowhedge

Richard Cranfield born 1860. Same Ship – Continued. AB. Discharged 4.84 at Rowhedge

Walter Theobald born 1865. Last served on NEW BLOSSOM of Colchester. Joined present Ship; 4.84 at Rowhedge. AB. Remaining

Joseph Wisbey born 1865. Last served on TERPSICHORE of London. Joined present Ship; 4.84 at Rowhedge. AB. Remaining

Received at Colchester 17 July 1884. Signed Jonathan Cranfield, Master & Owner.

 

 

THE ESSEX STANDARD - Saturday 27 September 1884 - EAST DONYLAND REGATTA – “More salubrious weather could not have been wished than that which favoured the promoters of this popular annual Regatta, which took place at East Donyland, on Thursday”.....”Lemon Cranfield ably officiated” as Commodore and Judge, and Captains A., J., and L. Cranfield were members of the organising committee. “The little village was quite en fete, the houses being freely decorated with flags, &c., whilst bunting was profusely displayed from several yachts wintering here. Large crowds of people lined the banks of the river, or wandered about the hard and patronised the various shows, merry-go-rounds, &c.

Race for Fishing Smacks (open) under 20 tons B.M. 1st prize, £6; 2nd, £4; 3rd, £2. No time allowance. 1. Neva (Capt. L. Cranfield); 2. Wonder (Capt. J. Carter); 3. Lilly (sic) (Capt. J. Cranfield); 4. Violet (Capt. J. Mason). The smacks were started from H.M. Guardship, Brightlingsea, at 9a.m., the breeze, which was only moderate, blowing W.N.W. The course was round the Priory Spit, past the Wallett Spit Way, through the Knoll Channel, and up the river to the Committee Boat. The Wonder was first away, followed by Lilly, Neva and Violet. Neva gradually pulled to the fore, passing the Wonder and Lilly, and came in winner by eight and a half minutes, having occupied exactly 4½ hours on the journey. Lilly was 15 minutes in the rear of Neva.”

 

THE ESSEX STANDARD - Saturday 11 October 1884 - “WYVENHOE & COLCHESTER REGATTA – The above very popular Regatta was held at Wyvenhoe on Thursday....there were several heavy storms of rain....The Quays were lined with spectators, all the windows facing the River were fully tenanted, many of the craft in the river had parties aboard, and there was a tolerably good display of bunting both ashore and afloat.

Smacks’ Race, for fishing smacks in commission not exceeding 20 tons B.M. First prize £8, 2nd £5, 3rd £3, 4th £1. The entries were – Ada, Jas. Mills, Wyvenhoe; Eudoia, Jas. Mason, sen., Wyvenhoe; Lily, John Cranfield, Rowhedge; Mary, Geo. Death, Wyvenhoe; Neva, L. Cranfield, Rowhedge; Violet, Jas. Mason, jun., Wyvenhoe; Wonder, Jas. Carter, Wyvenhoe.

This was a most interesting match, and was watched with great interest, especially by the fishing portion of the population of Wyvenhoe and Rowhedge. The smacks were started (a flying start) from off the Guard Boat at Mersea, by the Commodore and Vice-Commodore and several of the Committee in a steam launch....In fine bright weather, and with a fresh breeze blowing from the southward, the gun to prepare was fired at 10.26a.m., and five minutes later the competing smacks were sent on their way. Wonder, Neva, and Eudoia were first over the line, followed in order by Lily, Ada, and Violet. It was a dead beat to windward, with all plain and jib headed topsails aloft in every boat, to the Bar Buoy, and thence a reach to the Priory Spit Buoy, a beat again to the Spitway Buoy, and then a run home to Wyvenhoe, finishing opposite the Committee boat. Earlier in the race the Neva, a nice little boat and well handled, took the lead and maintained it till the finish, but the Wonder made a gallant struggle for the first place, and was only beaten by less than three minutes, the Eudoia being a good third. The smacks were thus timed:- Neva 2.23.4, Wonder 2.26.0, Eudoia 2.27.30, Lily 2.43.30, Violet 2.48.0, Ada 2.51.0. Mary not timed.

 

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES, KEW – CREW LISTS; BT99/1442

Port of Colchester

LILY of Colchester. 1.7.84 – 31.12.84

Fishing Number; 29CK. Registered Tonnage; 15

Managing Owner & Master; J. Cranfield of Rowhedge. No Certificate

“Fishing off the Coast of Essex”

Jonathan Cranfield born 1851 Essex. Same Ship – Continued. Master. Remaining

Richard Cranfield born 1860 Essex. Last served on ARETHUSA of London 1884. Joined present Ship; 9.84 at Rowhedge. AB. Remaining

William Owers born 1858 Essex. RNVC; 67,487. Last served on MARITANA of London 1884. Joined present Ship; 11.84 at Rowhedge. AB. Remaining

Walter Theobald born 1865 Essex. Same Ship – Continued. Discharged 9.84 at Rowhedge

Received at Colchester 20 January 1885. Signed Jonathan Cranfield, Master & Owner.

 

 

THE ESSEX STANDARD – Saturday 3 October 1885 - EAST DONYLAND REGATTA – “The annual Regatta at East Donyland took place on Thursday, under distinguished patronage. Mr. Edmund Round was a popular Commodore, and there was a capital Committee of yacht Captains and others, comprising Mr. W.C. Nunn (Vice-Chairman), Mr. H. Burton (an energetic and successful Secretary), Mr. G.N. Scrutton (Treasurer), Captains G., T., and H.B. Barnard, J. Brown, J., L., W., and G. Cranfield, J. Carter, C. and G. Cranmer, etc. The arrangements made for the Regatta were admirable; the Committee were enabled to give a thoroughly good programme. There was a very large attendance, although, perhaps, there were not quite so many people as on one or two former occasions. The Colchester Town Band...played a capital selection of music. Mr. Jas. Round. M.P. visited the Committee boat, during the afternoon, and had a most cordial reception, whilst on his leaving he was heartily cheered.”

 

 

ESSEX RECORD OFFICE – CREW LISTS; A4743 Box 111

Port of Colchester

LILY of Colchester. 1.7.86 – 31.12.86

Fishing Number; 29CK. Registered Tonnage; 15

Managing Owner & Master; J. Cranfield of Rowhedge. No Certificate

“Laid up at Rowhedge till Nov. 1886. Since then fishing off the Coast of Essex”

All – Born Essex. No Royal Naval Volunteer’s Certificate. Remaining

Jonathan Cranfield born 1851. Same Ship – Continued. Master

William King born 1832. Last served on WALRUS – London. Joined present Ship 11.86 at Rowhedge

Frederick Brown born 1867. Last served on SPINDRIFT – Ipswich. Joined; ditto

Received at Colchester 21 January 1887. Signed Jonathan Cranfield, Master & Owner.

 

 

ESSEX RECORD OFFICE – CREW LISTS; A4743 Box 114

Port of Colchester

LILY of Colchester. 1.1.87 – 30.6.87

Fishing Number; 29CK. Registered Tonnage; 15

Managing Owner & Master; J. Cranfield of Rowhedge. No Certificate

“Fishing off the Coast of Essex. Laid up at Rowhedge since 7th May 1887”

All – Born Essex. No Royal Naval Volunteer’s Certificate. Same Ship - Continued

Jonathan Cranfield born 1851. Master. Remaining

Henry Sebborn born 1842. 2nd hand. Discharged 7.5.87 at Rowhedge

Richard Cranfield born 1860. AB. Discharged 7.5.87 at Rowhedge

Received at Colchester 3 August 1887. Signed Jonathan Cranfield, Master & Owner.

 

 

ESSEX RECORD OFFICE – CREW LISTS; A4743 Box 114

Port of Colchester

LILY of Colchester. 1.7.87 – 31.12.87

Fishing Number; 29CK. Registered Tonnage; 15

Managing Owner & Master; J. Cranfield of Rowhedge. No Certificate

“Laid up at Rowhedge till Oct. 1887. Since then fishing off the Coast of Essex”

All – Born Essex. No Royal Naval Volunteer’s Certificate. Remaining

Jonathan Cranfield born 1851. Same Ship – Continued. Master.

Richard Cranfield born 1860. Last served on DAWN – London 1887. Joined present Ship; 20.10.87 at Rowhedge. 2nd hand

Oscar Ponder born 1853. Last served on GENESTA – London 1887. Joined present Ship; 20.10.87 at Rowhedge. AB

John Simons born 1822. Last served on FIONA – London 1887. Joined present Ship ; 20.10.87 at Rowhedge. AB

Received at Colchester 21 January 1888. Signed Jonathan Cranfield, Master & Owner.

 

 

ESSEX RECORD OFFICE – CREW LISTS; A4743 Box 117

Port of Colchester

LILY of Colchester. 1.1.88 – 30.6.88

Fishing Number; 29CK. Registered Tonnage; 15

Managing Owner & Master; J. Cranfield of Rowhedge. No Certificate

“Fishing off the Coast of Essex. Now laid up at Rowhedge since March 1888”

All – Born Essex. No Royal Naval Volunteer’s Certificate. Same Ship - Continued

Jonathan Cranfield born 1851. Master. Remaining

Oscar Ponder born 1853. 2nd hand. Discharged 25.3.88 at Rowhedge

John Simons born 1822. AB. Discharged 25.3.88 at Rowhedge

James Watson born 1852. AB. Discharged 25.3.88 at Rowhedge

Received at Colchester 21st July 1888. Signed Jonathan Cranfield, Master & Owner.

 

 

ESSEX RECORD OFFICE – CREW LISTS; A4743 Box 117

Port of Colchester

LILY of Colchester. 1.7.88 – 31.12.88

Fishing Number; 29CK. Registered Tonnage; 15

Managing Owner & Master; J. Cranfield of Rowhedge. No Certificate

“Laid up at Rowhedge till Nov. 1888. Since then fishing off the Coast of Essex”

All – Born Essex. No Royal Naval Volunteer’s Certificate. Same Ship – Continued. Remaining

Jonathan Cranfield born 1851. Master.

Richard Cranfield born 1860. Last served on KATE – Southampton 1888. Joined present Ship; 1.11.88 at Rowhedge. 2nd hand

Charles Cranfield born 1873. Last served on KATE – Southampton 1888. Joined present Ship; 1.11.88 at Rowhedge. Lad

Received at Colchester 21 January 1889. Signed Jonathan Cranfield, Master & Owner.

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ESSEX RECORD OFFICE – CREW LISTS; A4743 Box 121

Port of Colchester

LILY of Colchester. 1.1.90 – 30.6.90

Fishing Number; 29CK. Registered Tonnage; 14

Managing Owner & Master; J. Cranfield of Rowhedge. No Certificate

 “Fishing off the Coast of Essex till 24th April 1890. Now laid up at Rowhedge”

Jonathan Cranfield born 1851 Essex. “Same Ship – Continued”. Master. Remaining

Richard Cranfield born 1860 Essex. Same Ship – Continued. 2nd hand. Discharged 24.4.90 at Rowhedge

Charles Cranfield born 1873 Essex. Same Ship – Continued. Lad. Discharged 24.4.90 at Rowhedge

All – No Royal Naval Volunteer’s Certificate

Received at Colchester 21 July 1890. Signed Jonathan Cranfield, Master & Owner.

ESSEX RECORD OFFICE – CREW LISTS; A4743 Box 121

Port of Colchester

LILY of Colchester. 1.7.90 – 31.12.90

Fishing Number; 29CK. Registered Tonnage; 12 (15 crossed out)

Managing Owner & Master; J. Cranfield of Rowhedge. No Certificate

 “Laid up at Rowhedge till Oct. 1890. Since then Fishing off the Coast of Essex”

Jonathan Cranfield born 1851 Essex. “Same Ship – Continued”. Master. Remaining

Richard Cranfield born 1860 Essex. Last served on BAKALOUM of London. Year of Service in last Ship; 1890. Joined present Ship; 15.10.90 at Rowhedge. 2nd hand. Remaining

David Welham born 1866 Essex. Last served on VERA of Southampton. [same details as Richard] AB. Remaining

Charles Cranfield born 1873 Essex. Last served on VERA of Southampton [same details as Richard] AB. Remaining

All – No Royal Naval Volunteer’s Certificate

Received at Colchester 21 January 1891. Signed Jonathan Cranfield, Master & Owner.

 

 

ESSEX RECORD OFFICE – CREW LISTS; A4743 Box 123

Port of Colchester

LILY of Colchester. 1.1.91 – 30.6.91

Fishing Number; 29CK. Registered Tonnage; 12

Managing Owner & Master; J. Cranfield of Rowhedge. No Certificate

 “Fishing off the Coast of Essex till May 1891. Since then laid up at Rowhedge”

Jonathan Cranfield born 1851 Essex. “Same Ship – Continued”. Master. Remaining

Richard Cranfield born 1860 Essex. Same Ship – Continued. 2nd hand. Discharged 27.3.91 at Rowhedge

William Cole born 1856 Essex. Same Ship – Continued. AB. Discharged 25.5.91 at Rowhedge

Charles Cranfield born 1873 Essex. Same Ship -  Continued. OS. Discharged 25.5.91 at Rowhedge

All – No Royal Naval Volunteer’s Certificate

Received at Colchester 14 August 1891. Signed Jonathan Cranfield, Master & Owner.

 

 

ESSEX RECORD OFFICE – CREW LISTS; A4743 Box 123

Port of Colchester

LILY of Colchester. 1.7.91 – 31.12.91

Fishing Number; 29CK. Registered Tonnage; 12

Managing Owner & Master; J. Cranfield. No Certificate

 “Laid up at Rowhedge till 9th Nov. 1891. Since then Fishing off the Coast of Essex”

Jonathan Cranfield born 1851 Essex. “Same Ship – Continued”. Master. Remaining

Richard Cranfield born 1860 Essex. Last served on BAKALOUM of London. Year of Service in last Ship; 1891. Joined present Ship; 9.11.91 at Rowhedge. 2nd hand. Remaining

Benjamin Durrell born 1857 Essex. Last served on FIONA of London. Same dates as above. Remaining

Charles Cranfield born 1873 Essex. Last served on VIOLETTE of London. Same dates as above. Remaining

None have a Royal Naval Volunteer’s Certificate

Received at Colchester 29 January 1892. Signed Jonathan Cranfield, Master & Owner.

 

 

THE ESSEX COUNTY STANDARD – Saturday 15 October 1892 - WYVENHOE & ROWHEDGE REGATTA – “Unlike their neighbours at Brightlingsea, the inhabitants of Wyvenhoe and Rowhedge were fortunate in being favoured with real regatta weather on the event of their annual aquatic sports which came off on Tuesday, and the result was an unqualified success.

Handicap Match for Smacks (Shrimpers and Trawlers in commission). Race to be sailed in fishing trim, no borrowed sails, no booming out, no extra hands allowed. Results – Lillie (sic) 2hrs. 54m. 48s; Hildegarde 3hrs. 12m. 16s; Ellen 3hrs. 20m. 18s. Lillie maintained the lead throughout, but the Hildegarde gradually made her way forward, and came in second.”

 

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES – RETURNS FOR FISHING BOATS; BT145/1

Under the Sea Fisheries Act of 1893 all fishing vessels had to be lettered (CK for Colchester) and numbered. The LILY was registered as 29CK.

 

Name of vessel; LILY

Date of registry; 11.10.1881.

Register No. under Sea Fisheries Act; 29.

Class; II (two).

Official number; None.

Date of endorsement; 30.12.1893.

Net tonnage; 2nd class, 12 tons.

Nature of employment; N & D.

Men & boys required to work boat; 3.

 

"Nature of employment"; N= Fishing with nets. D= Dredging for oysters. T= All trawling except for shrimps. L = Fishing with lines. S = Fishing for shrimps. C = Cockling. M = Musselling. W = Whelking. O = Other fisheries. Nil = Unemployed. Unk = Unknown.

 

The LILY had to have its registration endorsed annually;

30.12.93 – 12 tons. ND. 3

15.12.94 – 12 tons. N. 4

24.12.95 – 12 tons. D&N. 3

22.12.96 – 12 tons. D&N. 3

31.12.97 – 12 tons. N. 3

24.12.98 – 12 tons. N. 3

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES – BT145/12

Register Number as a Sea Fishing Boat; 29. LILY. Class; 2. Date of Registry; 11.10.81. Register &

Folio; 1.-187. Date of endorsement;

11.12 [1899] – 12 tons. D&N. 3

18.12.00 – 12 tons. TD. 3

14.12 [1901] – 12 tons. TD. 3

17.11.02 – 12 tons. TN. 3

14.12.03 – 12 tons. N. 3

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES – BT145/23

Register Number as a Sea Fishing Boat; 29. LILY. Class; 2. Date of Registry; 11.10.81. Register &

Folio; 1.-187. Date of endorsement;

14.12.04 – 12 tons. N&D. 3C

13.11.05 – 12 tons. T.N. C/3

22/11 [1906] – 12.00 tons. T.N. 3

9/11 [1907] – 12.00 tons. TN. 3

3/12 [1908] – 12.00 tons. T.N. 3

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES – BT145/33

Register Number as a Sea Fishing Boat; 29. LILY. Class; 2. Date of Registry; 11.10.81. Register &

Folio; 1.-187. Date of endorsement;

4/12 [1909] – 12 tons. DN. 3

3/12 [1910] – 12 tons. TN. 3

13/12 [1911] – 12.00 tons. TN. 3

27/12 [1912] – 12.00 tons. TN. 3

3/12 [1913] – 12 tons. ND. 3

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES – BT145/57

Register Number as a Sea Fishing Boat; 29. LILY. Class; 2. Date of Registry; 11.10.81. Register &

Folio; 1.187. Date of endorsement;

9.12.14 – 12.00 tons. TN. C/3

23/12 [1915] – 12.00 tons. TN. C/3

21.12.16 – 12.00 tons. TN. C/3

20/12/17 – 12.00 tons – TN. C/3

18/12 [1818] – 12.73 tons. TN. 3

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES – BT145/205

Register Number as a Sea Fishing Boat; 29. LILY. Class; 2. Date of Registry; 11.10.81. Register &

Folio; (1.187 crossed out) 4.168. Gross Tonnage; 12.73.  Date of endorsement;

18.12.18 – 12 tons (in red ink)

No entry for 1919

31/12/20 – 12.73 tons. T3

24/11/21 – 12.73. T2

19/4/22 – 12.73. TDN3

5/11/23 – 12.73. N 0/3

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES – BT145/337

Register Number as a Sea Fishing Boat; 29. LILY. Class; 2. Date of Registry; 11.10.81. Register &

Folio; 4.168. Gross Tonnage; 12.73. 3 6/31 Broken up. Date of endorsement;

28 11/24 – 12.73 tons. Tr & Dg 3

12 11/25 – 12.73 tons. D3

26 11/26 – 12.73 tons. N3

26 11/26 – 12.73 tons. Unk (entry in red ink)

26 11/26 – 12.73 tons. Unk (entry in red ink)

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES – BT145/456

Register Number as a Sea Fishing Boat; 29. LILY. Class; 2. Date of Registry; 11.10.81. Register &

Folio; 4.168. Gross Tonnage; 12.73. 3 6/31 Broken up. Date of endorsement;

3/6/31 Broken up (red ink)

1929 – 12.73. Unknown

18 12/30 – 123.73 Nil.

No further entries.

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES - BT145/456

Name of boat; LILY.

Registry date & Register number as above.

Gross tonnage; 12.73 tons.

Date & cause of closing of registry; 3.6.1931 - Broken up.

Nature of employment; Unknown.

 

[Final] Date of endorsement of new or duplicate certificate; 18.12.1930.Nature of employment; Nil.

 

 

THE ESSEX COUNTY STANDARD – Saturday 3 October 1893 - “REGATTA – The annual joint Regatta for Wyvenhoe and Rowhedge, held alternately at Wyvenhoe and Rowhedge, came off with considerable éclat at Wyvenhoe on Tuesday, Oct. 3. The promoters of the Regatta were favoured with real Regatta weather, and the Quay and the boats lying up were crowded with spectators, while the river was quite alive with small craft darting hither and thither. The yachts in the Colne were gay with bunting and flags of all descriptions, and swings, Punch and Judy shows, itinerant whelk stalls, and all such necessary features of a Regatta were well in evidence, and did a roaring trade….

HANDICAP MATCH FOR SMACKS (Shrimpers and Trawlers in commission) – 1st prize, £4; 2nd, £3; 3rd, £2; 4th, £1 and 5th, 10s. The entries were Lily, 15 tons, owner Mr. Jonathan Cranfield; Elizabeth Ann, 17 tons, Mr. Stephen Cranfield; Margaret, 18 tons, Mr. J. Barr; Beatrice, 15 tons, Mr. Thos. Mason; Four Sisters, 14 tons, Mr. F. Harlow. The course was from Mersea Stone, out round Bar Buoy, Priory Buoy, thence to Wallet Spit, Knowl Buoy, and finishing at the Committee boat, Wyvenhoe. The boats finished as follows:- Lily, 2hrs. 32mins. 43 secs; Elizabeth Ann, 2hrs. 36mins. 6secs; Margaret, 2hrs. 38mins. 55secs; Beatrice, 2hrs. 59mins. 5secs; Four Sisters, 3hrs. 3mins. 30secs. After allowing for the handicap it was found that Elizabeth Ann was the winner, with Lily second, Margaret third, and Beatrice fourth.”

 

 

THE ESSEX COUNTY TELEGRAPH – Tuesday 5 September 1911 - “CLACTON REGATTA – Never before have the organisers of the popular regatta been favoured with a better day for the events than on Thursday…

Handicap Fishing Smack Race (open) – 1. Sunbeam, 18 tons, Mr. W.W. Cranfield 2.The Lilly (sic), 15 tons, Mr. J. Cranfield 3. Ellen I., 18 tons, Mr. R. Cranfield. The handicap was 30 secs per ton B.M.”

 

 

THE ESSEX COUNTY STANDARD – Saturday 23 August 1913 - “ROWHEDGE – STRAY PIGEON – Captain J. Cranfield has a stray pigeon in his possession which flew on board his smack Lily, whilst fishing between South-west Bawdsey and the Shipwash, a silver ring bearing the inscription N.U.R.P. F13. 6742, on the right leg, and silver ring inscribed N.U.R.P. 13P. 847 underneath a rubber band No.267 on left leg.”

 

 

ESSEX RECORD OFFICE - Acc C599

Handwritten chronicle of events in East Donyland, from local newspapers.

SPY SCARE- “On Sunday morning, October 25th 1914, Mr. Lewis Sebborn, of Regent Street, Rowhedge, was mistaken and nearly arrested for a German spy. Mr. Sebborn received an order from Captain Jonathan Cranfield to photograph his fishing smack lying off the sea-wall leading to the Hythe. On Sunday morning Mr. Sebborn proceeded to photograph the vessel and while getting the camera ready, a cry was raised in High Street that there was a spy on the wall. The guards were promptly informed and were quickly on the scene. A large crowd gathered at the entrance to the sea-wall in High Street, evidently expecting to see the guards make an arrest. But the guards on arriving to where the supposed spy was, found he was none other than Mr. Sebborn. After explaining their mistake the guards left and Mr. Sebborn proceeded with his work without further interruption.”

This story probably relates to Capt. Jonathan "Jack" Cranfield and his smack Telegraph.

On board Lily - Jonathan Cranfield (standing), possibly his brother Stephen in front of him, and an unknown man at the front
Lily - Rowhedge Regatta 1912
Lily 
Captain Jonathan CRANFIELD 1851 - 1921.j